subsistence


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subsistence

[-sis′təns]
Etymology: L, subsistere, to stand still
the state of being sustained or remaining alive with a minimum of life essentials.

subsistence

1. The minimum amount of something essential for life (e.g., a subsistence diet).
2. Any means of barely supporting life.

subsistence,

n the state of being supported or remaining alive with a minimum of essentials.
References in classic literature ?
Hence, the cost of production of a workman is restricted, almost entirely, to the means of subsistence that he requires for his maintenance, and for the propagation of his race.
I was in the strange position of possessing but two hundred gulden, of being at a loose end, of lacking both a post, the means of subsistence, a shred of hope, and any plans for the future, yet of caring nothing for these things.
Now, when by my energy I have acquired a comfortable means of subsistence, would your majesty despoil me of my liberty?
This done, they are forced upon a new voyage for subsistence.
Born in poverty at Boston, January 19 1809, dying under painful circumstances at Baltimore, October 7, 1849, his whole literary career of scarcely fifteen years a pitiful struggle for mere subsistence, his memory malignantly misrepresented by his earliest biographer, Griswold, how completely has truth at last routed falsehood and how magnificently has Poe come into his own, For "The Raven," first published in 1845, and, within a few months, read, recited and parodied wherever the English language was spoken, the half-starved poet received $10
It was a poor subsistence that she had ensured, but it would afford a shelter for the winter at any rate.
Since then a subsistence is necessary in every family, the means of procuring it certainly makes up part of the management of a family, for without necessaries it is impossible to live, and to live well.
I pity with all my heart the artist, whether he writes or paints, who is entirely dependent for subsistence upon his art.
But now, thanks to the machine-civilization, China's means of subsistence had been enormously extended, and there were no famines; her population followed on the heels of the increase in the means of subsistence.
The Housedog replied, "Do not blame me, my friend, but find fault with the master, who has not taught me to labor, but to depend for subsistence on the labor of others.
Her father grew worse; her time was more entirely occupied in attending him; her means of subsistence decreased; and in the tenth month her father died in her arms, leaving her an orphan and a beggar.
The ruling idea of his life appeared to be, that he was bound to show his gratitude to the country which had afforded him an asylum and a means of subsistence by doing his utmost to turn himself into an Englishman.